Reid On Washburn: I Was Disappointed In Some Things

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy ReidAndy Reid didn’t want to go into full detail, but he made it pretty clear Monday afternoon that Jim Washburn’s firing had to do with more than just the defensive line’s inability to get to the quarterback.

“I’m not going to sit here and go into great detail on the whys that I’m doing it, other than I think it’s the best thing for the Philadelphia Eagles football team that I made that move,” Reid said. “This was a move that I made. Nobody else made this move. And that’s important for you to understand. This isn’t a move to save my job. That’s not what that is. This is a move that I think needed to be done now so I did it now.”

A CSNPhilly.com report by Reuben Frank paints Washburn as a disruptive force who undermined the Eagles’ defensive coordinators – going as far as calling Juan Castillo “Juanita” and speaking to him condescendingly in front of players. Reid was asked if it’s fair to say Washburn’s dismissal was not football-related.

“He’s a good football coach,” Reid said. “He’s a good football coach, and I think it was just maybe a give and take. I think he’s going to have a great career down the road with somebody else. …It just didn’t quite work out the way I wanted it to work out.”

In other words, yes, that is fair to say.

“I will tell you there were just things that I was disappointed in,” Reid said. “… I just thought it was the right thing to do right now.”

The fact that Reid’s making the move with just four games left indicates that he felt he just had to get Washburn away from the players and coaches immediately. He said he made the move this morning, but had been thinking about it before then.

“It was done this morning,” Reid said. “It wasn’t all about this game. That’s not what it was. It was just something I had been pondering and working through. And I just thought it was the right time.”

Of course, it must be pointed out once again that Washburn’s failure is Reid’s failure. Reid is the one who decided to add the defensive line coach in the first place. Asked if he second-guessed the decision to add Washburn before naming a defensive coordinator, Reid said, “No, that’s not how I feel.”

In the last 39 days, Reid has fired Castillo, released Jason Babin and now dismissed Washburn. With four weeks to go until the season is over, we wait to see what the next shoe to drop will be.

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  • TXEaglesFan

    Aren’t Wahburn and Mudd BFFs? Surprised Mudd didn’t get in the cab to the airport with him. Can’t wait to see who gets chopped next week. This has become a Reality TV show.

    • theycallmerob

      Mudd announced last week he’s retiring at the end of the season.

  • TheGhostofNormVanBrocklin

    So if Washburn was such a headache, his unit was completely under performing and he was downright offensive to other coaches why did Juan go first? Would it have not made more sense to cut this cancer out instead of getting rid of one of your “good soldiers” first? I’m not defending Castillo as a good choice for DC but these are the things that drive me nuts with this team. Almost three straight years of zero common sense.

    • Joe D

      Yeah clearly it would have made more sense to axe Washburn first. But also made sense to hire your d-coordinator first. So, you know.

    • Brian

      I completely agree with you. Maybe the reason was Andy thought Wash was being a dick to Juan simply because Juan didn’t know what he was doing. When the behavior persisted into Bowles’ reign, Andy knew he had a problem.

      Just a thought.

  • dws

    No. Need to make it a Reid bash….Wash was being very unprofessional and you just cant let that slide. He had to go. Just finish this thing out like pros and then go you seperate ways.

  • DutchEagle

    Man, I’m scared. These are not moves of a HC trying his best to win games this season. To me, this looks like a HC assessing his personnel and staff in preparation for next season.. Like other commenters, I’m starting to believe that AR might actually be coming back. Sheil, Tim, say it isn’t so!

    • Adrian

      I would be shocked if he was back. I think this is more of a true professional, w,ho cares deeply about this team doing what needs to be done to put the team in the best possible position for 2013 and beyond.

    • theycallmerob

      Dutch, though I share your fears, Jeff Lurie would be looking at a full-on “Occupy the Vet…sorry, the Linc” movement. This town will not tolerate another year of Reid, and Lurie is smart enough to know that (thank sweet baby jeebus we don’t have Jerry Jones!!!)

  • johnGiam

    ALL that matters at this point is that FOLES and BRYCE continue to get better and gain experience, and that this TIN MAN defense gets the HEART TRANSPLANT it desperately needs and the Doctor who will be performing the surgery needs to be DR. manti TEO!! We may be able to drafts sligtly better player, but no player will make his teammates better and change the culture of this soft defense fro Day 1 like Manti teo will. His intangible that he brings are the underlining problem of what’s missing this year on defense…HEART, and it doesn’t hurt that he is an absolute freak in coverage at the LB spot with a knack for gettng interception….tell me we don’t need Manti at SAM while we watched Witten do whatever he wanted to us last night…this dense needs a leader, who chumps like Allen and Coleman have to answer to and look in the eye every time they wiff on a tackle or blows coverage.

    Drafting a LB so high in the first round of a draft is the exact opposite of Andy’s entire philosophy…after 14 years of Andy, I look down at my what wouldn’t do bracelt, Nd do the exact opposite!!! Draft Manti, change the culture of this team. Nothing is more important! Thatsonekid,you can count on, to play a phillystyle of defense

    • meh1988

      The Teo troll strikes again!

    • 1972

      id take a ot or safety over teo

      • JohnGiam

        I would take alot of positions over a linebacker, but we need more then to fill a need with a great player. we need leader, whos play will instill toughness and stability..I wish that player in this draft was a safety, but its not. In this draft, that player is a MLB that can effectively play any LB at the next level, who HITS, Blitzes and is one of the best LB in coverage to come out in years. We desperately need his intangibles!

  • sammy

    how are there not camera’s in the philadelphia front offices and locker rooms. This would be bigger than those real wives shows

    • BlindChow

      Hard Knocks 2013?

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    Sounds like he got fired in the locker room last night. I’d be interested to hear what actually transpired. We’ll probably get the scoop once everyone involved is no longer here.

  • big red hater

    the big red lying machine is a huge joke. his comments and rationale are beyond stupid..I know you guys have to write his BS but people please realize the fat guy never tells the truth until he is cornered like a rat……